Monday, 11 June 2007

A green dilemma and some extras

I increased the temperature as it was really getting cold, I guess Honda’s air-cond can also match Proton in a day like this. I looked to the right and saw a lot of frustrated faces. I don’t blame them, the path ahead of them was filled with vehicles, while I was only 2 lights away from my home. Of course, I had to make a few de-tour to come to this which includes making a journey back to my original starting point just to take the highway.

But what is more frustrating?.... it was 10.35pm!!!!

Yeah, traffic jam, at such unbelievable hour, or perhaps we should learn to accept it if we choose to stay in this metropolitan city called Kuala Lumpur. Of course, the weather didn’t help much. It has been raining thunder-storm-struck for the last 4 or 5 days resulted in flash floods. Speaking of which, what happened to the supposedly counter-flood-enabled SMART tunnel system?

I’ve blogged about traffic before and really, it’s getting from worst to worstest and soon… beyond description. I dread to think how traffic will be in the next 5 years. Just like Cirnelle, taking a step to the greener pasture is certainly a consideration.

Is the grass always greener on the other side? That remains to be seen, but you know what? The grass is certainly brown here. You know why? Cause the flood water carried much mud and left it on the grass, that’s why! I will certainly deliberate more about this in days to come...

Meanwhile, have you heard the news? It's spreading in the blogosphere. C
heck out this poem which has been extracted from this site

From This Day Forward
Author Unknown

From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
And my arms will be your home.

Does it sound familiar t you. If you have read the comics mainstream news last week, you might have read something similar already. Another 'sam jiu' phenomena eh?

More blogs talking about this here, here and the whole poem was disected here.

Speaking of “sam jiu” incidents… guess rules can be bent everywhere around the world… for those who knows what happened to Paris Hilton will know what I am talking about.

Now… for the Monday blues…

53 comments:

angel said...

Must you remind us about the Monday Colour? How I wish I'm in Scottish land with cocka! :P

The world is a stage. Anything can happen...

*shakes head kononnya in disbelief*

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ah nel said...
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kyh said...

lower temp will result in colder environment isnt it? since 16 degrees is colder than 33 degrees ma... ok me rubbish tok here.. :P

monday is so sien! Zzzzzzzzzzzz

J.T. said...

Dedicating a song to the couple and giving credit to the appropriate singer/composer would have been a safer avenue.

If an original poem was so hard to compose, our so-called 'poet' should have consulted our bunch of talented bloggers. So many original poems have been composed since this story broke. :)

By the way, since I am not living in KL, I need to ask... when is this SMART tunnel ready? Waiting to build toll booths? Oh wait, that would have gone up first before the tunnel. hee hee hee (Oh! I miss my Malaysia)

Bee said...

I use public transport here, 1 euro for one hour you can use it for the tramway and bus. Very punctual and covers lots of area. Hope one day Malaysia will have efficent public transportation system.

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FireHorse said...

Yes the grass is indeed greener on the otherside, case in point, today is still Sunday for me when it's already Monday for you, muahahahahaha.

Twisted Heels said...

Lol, grass is greener for me here at the moment. Still Sunday, still holidays for me until end of next month, no jams, no complaints, no plagiarism. Best of all? No frustration!

day-dreamer said...

I've heard people saying the grass is greener on the other side because there's a lot of "fertilizer" there. Which to a certain extend I agree.

Eeee... ciplaker!!

LaSh said...

I haven't been here in a long time :).
Haven't been anywhere related to BLOGS actually!

Quite some changes since my last visit ;) - I'll have to catch up soon!

Exams are killing me. Duh.

Just saying hello! lol.

Seok Thong said...

I don't have traffic jam problem here as i'm living in small city.

There are traffic jams in the big cities here too and highways..it's just that people here don't need to pay toll. In KL, we pay toll and still have to jam..This is the most annoying part for me. But luckily i don't need to experience it anymore.

Somemore public transport is very efficient here too.

Talking about grass, grass here is indeed greener with cow's shit smell. :P

may said...

I'm so glad I don't have to face KL traffic anymore! but bad weather over the weekend here in Sydney also caused havoc, with floods and 9 lives taken... :(

have a Green Monday! not blue, ok? green. we save environment!

jaezrel said...

unbelievable how ppl drive these days........if monday blues is not bad enough what about....having to blow D honk to shuff the rude drivers taking over without signalling.......cis.........shiat......haihz....

Daily Nibbler said...

Traffic jam in KL at those hours? Think the nightlife must be bustling again or issit the flash flood?

Grass greener on the other side? Its a complex issue. All depends on the person, his or her situation and the opportunities over the 'other side'. Not that straight forward. You have give up certain things here to gain certain things there. Always with trade offs.

Our friend who recited the poem? He is only being himself!

Huei said...

wow..so many wrote about that!

friday was so horrible!! it took like an hour to go from amcorp to tawakal...blegh!

Cirnelle said...

When the kuala is full of lumpur (coupled with an occasional flood), mana rumput going to grow? *grin*

zewt said...

angel - you sudah pergi sweden cukup la, summore wanna havea scottish hols... too much la. yeah, the world is indeed a stage, and here in malaysia, it's filled with clowns.

ah nel - saya mungkin delete komen tuan la... no names basis la...

JT - the SMART IS in operation already, just that it's not working. i heard something like a statement being released... something like the tunnel which we paid with our taxes are actually only for phase 1... now only they tell us. yeah, i am sure u miss this place.

Bee - the cynic in me says it will never happen.

TTL - wooooaaahhh.. holiday bestnya. eh... no names calling la... maybe i terpaksa delete your komen... u want me to kena ISA-ed meh...

firehorse - thanks for reminding me... sigh

twisted heels - sigh... i should have remained in the UK too. but fret not... there's always a way in this globalised world.

zewt said...

day-dreamer - hmmm... i think the fertiliser all here in malaysia... just that not all grass gets to fertilised...

Lash - hey sir lash... no problem... take your time. and i hope you will make it through... it's only exams ... hah! ok ok... i know it's tough.

seok thong - hahahaha... cow shit is good then? yeah... pay toll and still jam!! that's what i experienced yest!!!! and u know what... to solve that, we will be made to pay more.

may - and i hope to join u too... cant be eating brown grass forever... too much mud ler.

jaezrel - haha... u also got saturday blues...

daily nibbler - no... not night life... just bad floods which is all over the news this morning. our friend said he 'penned' it...

huei - and our big VIPs will said... if you're not happy.... dont use the road la...

cirnelle - got... lalang perhaps...

me said...

i believe each country has its pros and woes...so the grass can be whatever colour you want it to be. if you migrate, it'll not be an easy path...facing new challenges ...but if that's what your heart wants..live your dream. you only live once.

bergen said...

First they said the tunnel was what we need to solve the flood problems. Now that we've got the tunnel, they say the retention pond is the key to the whole thing. By the time we got the tunnel, they're gonna say something else like we need less rain, so in order to have less rain, we've gotta have less cloud. The only way to do that is to have giant fans installed at strategic places to blow away the clouds. We can use the digging machine they used to dig the tunnel. Just add a turbo to make the blades go faster.
Welcome to KL, folks. We've got enough genius here to turn this whole country into a space shuttle.

alan zed said...

hehe... i think he want to bodek pak lah and got so little time... hence the ciplak poem... sadly true... :)

rinnah said...

Yes, Monday is blue indeed... and I do think the grass is greener on the other side when viewed through the glasses of fantasy. But, it's highly likely that I will still be here, viewing the brown (but not dry!) grass unless something miraculous happens.

Nothing left to say for Samy. *grin*

PurpLe~MuShRooM said...

Wah.. this is plagiarism! Cannot blame sami vellu.. he asked his asst. to create a poem.. his asst go on internet to copy here and there.. and samy just pakai read it like its his own creation! Hahah... the works of a brainless moron!

kayatan said...

The last day I worked in K.L was 1 wk before Independent day 1991. The last day when I had to work, man, it took me 21/2 hrs from PJ.14 to Wang Dangi road. I was hot man ! I swore to myself that I will never never work in a city with such bad traffic. It is just rediculous. I have never return to work in K.L ever. I don't know how the traffic has turned to good or bad ever since I left. I only been to the airport on transit now. Thank goodness ! I kesian you !

I think living in crowded city made me have high blood pressure, it is bad bad bad !!!! I don't want to have another stroke !

Rabbit said...

lowered the temparature as it was getting cold? Heh? I thought it's the other way round?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

coincidentally i m wearing blue..double up wif a blue tie..then furthermore i just got my pr visa sticker from the aust hi commission today..i should be the one writing this article hahaha..but the only thing i didnt know was the copycat incident..but then again..what so surprising? you think m'sians not daring isit?

Calvin's Wife said...

(=_=)" tak malu betol... must be his assistant's job. Now in deep shit I guess, LOL....

cibol said...

ha ha ha .. the guy doesn't even know how to pronounce "dadah" and "darah" correctly .. he he he. for a moment he thought that he's a great poet .. well, copyoet more like it

elviza said...

Dear Zewt,

I saw the traffic last night along Jalan Tun Razak (opposite IJN) and it was unspeakable. And yes it was 10.30 pm on a Sunday night.

The smart tunnel isnt so smart after all. Flash flood still flashing after few hours of rain.

Hah, you heard about the plagiarism thing also? What was he thinking?

Good day Zewt

Elizebeth D.L. said...

I heard about the flood and bad traffic and the lousy SMART tunnel/project even though I am miles away from KL...

so, I blamed Sami Vellu for his handicapped project again.

Then purple mushroom reminded me SMART project was Mr.M project...

@#$%! Well, black cat or white cat, it's a bloody cat!!

bongkersz said...

glad the paris is sent back to serve her sentence in a 'real' jail :) ahaks, the SMART not yet completed after all. From the report just the traffic part is completed (the top part). Then the ponds, and drainages that supposed to compliment the SMART tunnel usage still in contruction. Sabar lah Zewt :P Bwahahahahahah! (Glad to see Abdullah made his 'suprise' visit to the Bilik Gerakan Banjir to clarify things out. Power question is 'Mengapa tak siap lagi??')

narrowband said...

LOL at that blatant plagiarism.

Anyway, maybe it was written by one of his aides (secretary, whatever), who decided to go on the internet to source for ideas. He/she probably forgot that the poem would be made public.

Malufying betul.

sooi2 said...

no shite, i was stuck in that stupid jam too!! 1.5hr to go from persiaran ampang hilir to jln tun razak, u say ccb ornot?? that stupid tunnel near the benz showroom was blardy flooded, and only one car at a time cud pass thru the flooded road at abt 5kmph! tiu!!! and yeah, was wondering wat the hell happened to the assinie SMART tunnel...a waste of taxpayers' money as usual!

J.T. said...

Hey Zewt

You mean SMART is in operation already? All that talk about its construction and what it will do for KL - saw it on a documentary in the States last year on Discovery Channel (or something like that).
Evidentally it is still not helping with the floods in KL. ;)
So, for now we go with the excuse of "it is only Phase 1". Ok lah.. we wait. :P
Maybe that cable channel should do a follow up on "Whatever Happened to...?" hehehe

Miss Malaysia? Yeah, its people and the food. The system - I will refrain from saying anything more. :)

zeroimpact said...

The best part I heard was flooding in the tunnel, if I heard correctly la
Responsibility is just not very is it
Trust me, you have not been stuck in a jam at midnight yet during a week day

zewt said...

me - well, i guess we just have to weigh them wisely. i have started doing that some time back.

bergen - hello sir! you've got some really interesting idea there and pls... dont let 'him' know... he might just take those idea from you and make more bucks.

alan zed - like some ppl here said... maybe his assistant la. someone is gonna get some beating...

rinnah - nothing left to say? hahaha... that bad huh...

purple mushroom - isnt that a clear case of him not checking his subordinates' work... oh... i think we have established that long ago.

kayatan - just now, i went to a building and the car park was full of mud!!! i quickly get my things done and left before the storm comes again... like i said.. KL is getting more and more un-live-able.

rabbit - oh damn... typo!! thanks for pointing it out... i am gonna amend it now! haha! only shows my post is original mah...

zewt said...

constant craver joe - hmmm... PR eh... which part u going? maybe we will feast in the same overseas spot ? heh heh...

calvin's wife - yeah!! i think sure kena goreng... wanna copy also dont take bulat bulat from the net la... hahaha... at least he can consult me... then i can compose one and charge some royalty haha!

cibol - copyoet! hahahahaha... i like that man...i really like that!

elviza - Hi there... been a while since you commented. yeah, and they just released a statement saying tha the smart tunnel is only phase 1... meaning more money will be spent and we wonder how long we will be have to bear with this.

elizabeth DL - yeah... someone just sent me a set of pictures of yest's flood, dunno if i should post them all up for you to see.

zewt said...

bongkersz - yeah, i heard about that... aiyah... i only have one phrase for them... "SAM JIU" la!!!

narrowband - either way... he is not the one who pen it... as so proudly proclaimed in the papers, agree?

sooi2 - hahaha... i think when i looked to the right... i could have seen your face! :P ... that tunnel... c'mon... sam jiu ler...

JT - did you read bergen's comment... i think we will soon have to build a giant fan to blow all the clouds away! now... that could be something worthy of malaysian book of records.

zeroimpact - you had? oh man... that sucks!!! i think i will curse the whole wide world if that happens to me!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha you never know..its Aussieland..the land of the g day mates..just not sure when i will be heading there for good..

Helen said...

Someone should invent foldable car. lol

bongkersz said...

giant fan huh? good idea. come on zewt, we pen out a proposal to samy or any politician. Mana tau boleh pakai... heheh..

confessing7girl said...

oh i hate traffic in those hot days!!! dont even remind me of that!!!!! i feel like throwing myself out the window!!! ughhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!
damn it just gets to my nerves!!!!!!!

kyliemc said...

haiz..d traffic is crazee..actually d drivers r even crazier..felt as if s/he had won d world cup or ms world juz coz s/he managed to overtake u by being ahead of u for a post..aiseh..how not 2 b jam?everyone's driving zig zag liked...so sad wei...if public transport is good guess there wont b so much car n traffic jam prob wont exist....

haiz, sumtimes 10mins journey can b like 2hrs journey..i can reach mlk by then :P

ah nel said...

muahaha...i no scared u scared!

:D

Maverick SM said...

Zewt,

I don't have Monday blues...

It's everyday blue!!!!

Have a nice day!

AngryYoungChild said...

I always wonder why they say Monday bluess..hmmm..

Anyways, HeY zEWt!! I missed your blog while i was away from KL..rofl..

zewt said...

constant craver joe - we shall see mate... we shall see... ;)

Helen - i think we should start buying hovercraft instead.

bongkersz - you want commission ah? hahaha...

confessing7girl - ohhh... so things arent that cool in portugal eh? :) ....

kyliemc - that' the predicament we have to go through every day here in KL... sigh. hey, sorry for not that many posts on modern slavery lately... hehe

ah nel - dont pray pray with such thing.... no names basis la.

Maverick SM - haha! everyday also blues? that's bad man!

AngryYoungChild - dunno... guess blue isnt a very nice colour? maybe can wikipedia it. oh... now you can have my blog to yourself... ;) hah!

kyliemc said...

muahaha...it's ok,zewt...it's a good thing actually as u dun feel like a slave 24/7 :P

69ner said...

Sometimes, it's dumbluck.

zewt said...

kyliemc - ahahaha.... well, i hope your friends have all made their way out of those big masters!

69er - you're sayin that it's co-incident?

CRIZ LAI said...

I guessed you can always take off your shoes and walk happily on the grass over there. Here you will need a pair of boots to walk on the mud, and curse all the way :P

zewt said...

criz lai - some said we can have mud wrestling! haha.. while we may laugh at it... but when reality sinks in... it will not be funny.